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Andrea Wolper: The Small Hours

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On this very soothing collection of twelve passionate songs, vocalist Andrea Wolper delivers the lyrics with meticulous phrasing, allowing every word to curl oh-so-slowly off her tongue. Accompanying her on perhaps the most emotion-laden track, “Night Time Was My Mother," are trumpeter Frank London, who plays alongside every syllable, and bassist Ken Filiano. Victor Lewis and ...

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Dave Fox: Dedication Suite

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Although Dedication Suite is reminiscent of New York City's creative improv scene, pianist Dave Fox resides in North Carolina, quite removed from the Big Apple. Where many jazz fans embrace soft melodies and rhythms of the likes of Horace Silver and McCoy Tyner, Fox not only pushes the envelope, he simply ignites it. At times, he ...

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Freddie Redd Quartet: The Music from The Connection

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Curtis Mayfield is often remembered for penning the popular theme “Freddie's Dead." The irony of this title echoes sentiments of out-of-the-loop jazzers who thought iconic Blue Note pianist Freddie Redd made the passage. Redd, the lyrical comrade of Horace Silver and disciple of Bud Powell, is still very much alive and well, performing more regularly in ...

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Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up

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The Way Up marks guitarist Pat Metheny's debut release on the Nonesuch label. Metheny fans are in for treat, 68 uninterrupted minutes of pure Pat Metheny Group, inconspicuously evident upon recognizing the CD's four tracks, “Opening," “Part One," “Part Two," and “Part Three." Each movement, appropriately called because every track aside from “Opening" ranges from 15 ...

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David Binney: Welcome to Life

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Saxophonist David Binney's latest release, Welcome to Life, features Chris Potter (tenor saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano), Adam Rogers (guitar), Scott Colley (bass) and Brian Blade (drums). The opening “Soldifolier" is a crisp, open piece where Blade deserves special accolades for his masterful display of unobtrusive styling. “Frez" features Binney, robust, clear, and lyrical. And the supporting ...

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Larry Young: Of Love and Peace

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Organist Larry Young's Of Love and Peace was initially recorded in '66. The title was perhaps Young's echo for calm during the turbulent '60s. Blue Note's reissue of this gem is just as likely to resonate today, particularly during the current climate of political pugilism in America. Of Love and Peace contains only four tracks, but ...

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John McLaughlin: Thieves and Poets

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Guitarist John McLaughlin has been creating music for several decades, most notably jazz-rock fusion with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Throughout McLaughlin has incorporated rhythms from around the globe in creating what has always been fresh music. Thieves and Poets is no exception, so McLaughlin-ites should be pleased. “My Foolish Heart" has a pensive, yet melodic flare. Its ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: Heartcore

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Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel serves vibrant, electric rhythms on Heartcore, bringing along a septet of talented musicians for the task. Rosenwinkel gets to the heart of the matter on the title track with a fusion-laced beat. He plays around the tempo of a funky drum machine with a deep bass pattern. Mark Turner's saxophone blasts high notes ...

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Terence Blanchard: Bounce

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Bounce is a collage of swinging, soulful, and artistic cuts that are bound to strike the fancy of Terence Blanchard fans. The band's vast range covers territory from bop to African beats to traditional New Orleans marching band music, as demonstrated on the cuts “Transform," “Azania," and “Bounce/Let's Go Off" respectively. Blanchard calls on the services ...

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Joe Lovano: On This Day... At the Vanguard

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From the very first bar, this disc swings. Saxophonist Joe Lovano brought everything but the proverbial kitchen sink to this live performance at the Village Vanguard. The horn-laden disc is resplendent with an energy level that must have left the band exhausted at the conclusion of the set. The breakneck speed of the opener, “At The ...


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